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Laguna Chapalac - January 08, 2022

Dog Gone Fun

Saturday, January 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Bone Voyage Dog Rescue will hold a fundraiser at the Centro Laguna Mall. Pick up calendars, T-shirts, sweatshirts, balls, caps, tote bags and dog bandanas.

Bone Voyage has flown and bussed 2,500-plus dogs from Lake Chapala area communities to forever homes in the United States and Canada. Find out more about this group at this fundraiser.

Open Circle

Kat Miller presents “Making Peace with Impermanence” at the next meeting of Open Circle, Sunday, January 9, 10:30 a.m. at the Lake Chapala Society (LCS).

Is it possible to cherish the beauty of life not just despite its perishability but precisely because of it?
Surprisingly, Miller’s research and personal experience have brought her to discover that:
• Happiness increases with the awareness that life is fragile and fleeting.
• Facing the inevitability of loss, grieving fully and finding acceptance help us savor life and increase our happiness today.
• Gratitude for what matters most is easier to experience when life’s fleeting nature is salient.
• Impermanence gives rise to joy, presence, compassion, reverence, and awe.

January 16, the presentation by Yann Kostic will be “The State of Financial Markets.”Join Miller in this talk to discover new possibilities when we make peace with impermanence at this time of our lives.
Miller has an MA in spiritual psychology. You might know her as one of the moderators of Open Circle. She is also a counselor in Ajijic and abroad. Her passion is aging free from ageism, living a day-to-day life and deepening her capacity and that of her clients to live freely and fully. She is currently co-creating acard game called Aging: The Inner Game.

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Chapala Birders

Wednesday, January 12, the Lake Chapala Birders will meet at 8:15 a.m. at the Centro Cultural Gonzalez Gallo (old train station) just east of Cristiania Park in Chapala, leaving immediately to bird the pumping station, east of Chapala. Expect to see a variety of grassland birds and shore birds in a variety of habitats. The group will bird until 10:30 a.m. Reserve at least two days ahead of the trip via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bird walks are open to all those interested in birds, both beginners and experienced birders. Just bring binoculars. There are always knowledgeable birders on hand to identify the species. Protocols for masks and social distancing will apply, including within vehicles. For more information see chapalabirders.org.

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Red Cross at LCS

The Cruz Roja has returned to the Lake Chapala Society again, Tuesdays, noon to 1:30 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon. Drop by the Cruz Roja table at the Blue Umbrella Patio inside LCS. At the table you can:

• Purchase items such as the Cruz Roja emergency medical information kits in a bottle, face masks, hand sanitizer, note pads, and mini first aid kits.

• Donate to the local Cruz Roja delegation to help provide low-income residents with health care.

• Learn about opportunities to volunteer for the Cruz Roja.

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ANAVETS (Army, Navy and Airforce Veterans in Canada) Mexico Unit 19 will hold an Aloha fiesta Thursday, January 20, at Mama’s Musical Bar in San Antonio Tlayacapan. Enjoy Hawaiian-style pulled pork with all the fixings, music by the Charlie Cook Band and a Spam-Off cooking competition. Cocktails at noon, dinner at 1 p.m. All members receive a free drink. Tickets, 300 pesos, are available at the Music Bar or vial email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

LCS classes

The Lake Chapala Society offers a variety of classes year round. Membership is needed for most of the classes.

• A free workshop series, Journey of a Traveler … Culture and Life Experiences, led by Betty Steinhauer, will be given January 12, 17, 19, 26 and 31, 10 a.m. to noon at the Ken Gosh Pavilion. To register, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Loretta Downs will give a seminar titled, Advance Care Planning Workshop on Living Well and Dying Well in Lakeside, Wednesdays, February 9 and 16, 10 a.m. to noon at the Gazebo.

• Ana Moreno will teach the cooking class, Holy Mole! Wednesday, February 9, noon to 2 p.m. on the veranda. Learn how to make three types of mole sauces.

• The next day, Thursday, February 10, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Moreno will teach a class on Beans, Beans the Musical Fruit! Learn to prepare charro, drunken, red, fried, piggy and “with morisqueta” beans, what accompanies them and how to serve them.

• Wednesday, February 16, Noon to 2 p.m. Moreno will give instruction on Making Corn Tortillas and Other Masa Dishes. Prepare corn tortillas from the dough, as well as tlacoyos, huaraches, sopes, pellizcadas, and other homemade delicacies. This includes the fillings, side dishes and traditional sauces that accompany them. She will also explain learn the history of these dishes and why they are so important to the local culture.

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